Just seven days ago, Ukraine were unbeaten since last October, but suddenly, Oleh Blokhin’s men go into Euro 2012 on the back of defeats to Austria and Turkey.
Several members of the squad have been struck down with a stomach virus, potentially throwing their chances into disarray.
However, putting potential fitness issues to one side, below is a selection of the most intriguing bets involving Ukraine ahead of the big kick off.
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Ukraine to get zero points in Group D (@ 10/1, Free £25 bet wins £325)
France and England are unquestionably the favourites to progress from Group D, meaning that Ukraine will most probably need to get three points from the off in their opening game on June 11th against a Sweden side who have won their last four on the bounce.
Of the 13 matches they have played against their three group opponents since their independence, they have won just twice – beating England in a 2010 World Cup qualifier in Dnipro, along with a 1-0 friendly victory against Sweden two years previously in Stockholm.
With even tougher tests to follow their first match, you might want to have a small punt on the generous 10/1 for the co-hosts to lose all three of their group games.
Ukraine to score 4+ goals in Group D (@ 23/20, Free £25 bet wins £53.75)
Before failing to score against Turkey on Monday, Ukraine had scored at least twice in their previous seven games.
They have an array of forward-thinking players, many of whom have found the net in their recent run of fixtures.
Dynamo Kyiv midfielder Oleh Gusev has been one of the main contributors by grabbing four goals in his last four international appearances.
They are underdogs in two of their three group games, as well as being slight favourites in their opener. However, while they might not be collecting too many points, they could well go down fighting by continuing their good run in front of goal.
You can get odds of 2320 for Ukraine to score four or more goals across their games with Sweden, France and England.
Shevchenko to be player of the tournament (@ 500/1, Free £25 Bet wins £12,525)
Ukraine will undoubtedly find it difficult to progress in this tournament. This argument has more to do with the quality of the opposition they will face than the resources at their disposal.
However, the romantic punter might be tempted to put a cheeky quid on one of the greatest European footballers of his generation excelling in what will most probably be his international swansong.
Back at the club where he began his career, Andriy Shevchenko recovered from injury in time to be include in Blokhin’s squad and while his contribution in terms of minutes on the pitch might not be as high as many of the Ukraine attackers, his quality could shine through.
If you think Ukraine can ride the wave of optimism that home support brings and make a decent run into the knock-out stages, Shevchenko’s contribution will surely be telling and that 500/1 price will suddenly look very large indeed.
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